Palestinian Pressure at the UN

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The Palestinians fail the statehood test. Under the “Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States,” used under international law in determining whether a new state has actually come into existence, the Palestinians must demonstrate that they have a defined territory and an established government. The Palestinians lack clear and settled territorial boundaries, which, under the terms of UN Security Council Resolution 242, must be agreed upon first between the Israelis and Palestinians in negotiations leading to a “just and lasting peace.” And, despite the attempt at creating a “unity” government bringing together the Fatah and Hamas factions, there are currently still two distinct governing authorities asserting jurisdiction over the West Bank and Gaza. That would be Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party and the Iran-backed terrorist organization Hamas respectively.

The Palestinians also flunk the UN Charter obligation test. The future “unity” government, if it is ever truly formed, would include the terrorist partner Hamas, which has threatened the UN member state Israel’s destruction and launched waves of rocket attacks against its civilians. And a senior member of the supposedly more moderate government partner, the Fatah Central Committee led by Abbas, recently bragged about Israel’s impending doom if Israel ended up agreeing to the Palestinians’ demands.

In an interview with Al-Jazeera satellite television channel translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute from Arabic, Abbas Zaki declared:

“everybody knows that the greater goal cannot be accomplished in one go…If Israel withdraws from Jerusalem, evacuates the 650,000 settlers, and dismantles the wall, what will become of Israel? It will come to an end. If we say that we want to wipe Israel out… C’mon, it’s too difficult. It’s not [acceptable] policy to say so. Don’t say these things to the world. Keep it to yourself.”

On August 10, 2011, the Palestinian Authority broadcasted on the official television station a Palestinian Authority plan to construct Arab housing around the Western Wall “when they [Israelis] disappear from the picture, like a forgotten chapter in the pages of our city’s history.”

The Palestinian ambassador to Brazil, Alzeben Ibrahim, was quoted by the Brazilian media as telling a group of students recently that “Israel should disappear.”

Abbas himself said to 2,200 Fatah delegates at a conference in Ramallah, “Although peace is our choice, we reserve the right to [armed] resistance.” He has repeatedly refused to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state even though his bogus application for full UN membership is based in part on the original UN General Assembly partition resolution 181 that  specifically refers to a “Jewish State” more than half a dozen times.

Thus, one partner in the prospective “unity” Palestinian government wants to destroy Israel as soon as possible by violent means. The other more “moderate” partner wants to bring about Israel’s “end” through deceptive diplomatic means if possible, but would resort to the use of force if their idea of “peace” (i.e., Israeli surrender) is not achieved. Its leader Abbas also completely renounces the “Jewish State” part of the original UN two-state solution resolution upon which he bases his application for Palestinian statehood. All in all, not exactly a good faith commitment to live up to the UN Charter’s primary obligation of member states to refrain from threatening the “territorial integrity or political independence” of other member states.

Facts, international law, logic and basic morality all point to the outright rejection of the Palestinians’ blatant attempt to exploit a UN endorsement of Palestinian statehood to further legitimize the end of the Jewish state of Israel. However, the United Nations operates in a parallel universe where evil is made to look noble.

The Palestinian bid for full UN membership will almost certainly fail one way or the other this year in the Security Council. But the Palestinians are setting the table to come back again by picking off individual UN agencies such as UNESCO to join in the meantime. They can also be expected to apply directly to the General Assembly for an interim upgrade to non member state status, which they are certain to achieve. Then the Palestinians will come back to the Security Council to re-apply for full UN membership as often as necessary until they get their way. If Barack Obama is re-elected in 2012 and no longer feels constrained by domestic political pressures, he will almost certainly oblige.

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  • muchiboy

    The time has come for America,Israel and the world to $hit or get off the pot.The Palestinians are deserving of a recognized state with borders,identity,et al.

    I am glad that Sgt.Shalit is being freed from his imprisonment.It has been far too long.Israel and Israeli’s and the Diaspora generally are not innocent bi-standers in all of this,as their crimes against Humanity and the Palestinian people are reasons enough for his capture and detention,although in a very real sense his prolonged detention was inhumane.Again,welcome home,Sgt.You have a loving and thankful family and nation awaiting you.Shalom. muchiboy and Family

    • ziontruth

      The time has come for you Canadian busibody to mind your own business and stop preaching to Israeli Jews from the comfort of your armchair.

      "The Palestinians are deserving of a recognized state with borders,identity,et al."

      Nope. They need to become a nation first. The Arab settler-colonist land-thieves in Palestine are not a nation, nor could they become one even in a thousand years, given the fact the only unique characteristic they cultivate is their culture of suicide-murder.

      "I am glad that Sgt.Shalit is being freed from his imprisonment."

      So am I. For years, the Israeli government has held back from a fitting punitive action in Gaza to the Kassam rockets on the excuse that such an action would endanger Shalit. After he's freed, it is my fervent hope that Israel will react to Arab settler terrorism with all the mercy the Arab imperialists deserve—namely, none whatsoever.

      • muchiboy

        "Israel will react to Arab settler terrorism with all the mercy the Arab imperialists deserve—namely, none.."

        I fear that if Israel were permitted to do as she sees fit and followed her natural inclines (as shown by past acts) then the policy of ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians begun in '47 and continued since would be completed.If the Arab world and their allies were unable to stop these crimes against Humanity and the Palestinian people hopefully America and the western liberal democracies would intervene on behalf of the Palestinians.I wouldn't hold my breath.muchiboy

    • stern

      Your second paragraph is perhaps the most condescending piece of garbage you have ever written. Jews, Israel and the Schalit family do not need your "good" wishes.

      • muchiboy

        Considering what I have written in past postings,stern,that is saying something,indeed.Still,while nobody needs my good wishes,there they are,for all to see,for what ever they are worth.And you speak for the Schalit family?
        A fault with this forum,and with many if not most posters and authors,is the lack of understanding and acknowledgement of the commonalities of humanity (including Jews and Arabs).It is as if your mentalities,sensibilities,moralities, world view and mindset has not evolved since the beginnings of the Diaspora.It is as though the Jewish nation/state has begun where it had left off,a few millennium ago.muchiboy

  • StephenD

    Why should Israel even care what the UN mandates? Obviously the so called "Palestinians" never gave any credence to UN Mandates. I would encourage Israel to not give in one inch. These people (and I use the term 'people' loosely) have no intention of going without the financial windfall they receive by maintaining the title of "Refugee." Once they are an independent state, they'll be expected to do for themselves. Of course, if their sole intent is to be a proxy in the annihilation of Israel and then revert to being incorporated by Jordan, well, it wouldn't really matter what the UN mandates now would it?

  • Kris

    There are numerous things wrong with this article, namely the blatant siding with the Israelis despite the fact that they are no more innocent than the Palestinians in this conflict. But I also must say that there is no "specific mention" of Israel as a Jewish state in the UN Resolution 181 so you might want to recheck your sources…

    • stern

      UN Resolution 181 Part 1, Section A, Subsection 3 reads:

      "Independent Arab and Jewish States and the Special International Regime for the City of Jerusalem, set forth in Part III of this Plan, shall come into existence in Palestine two months after the evacuation of the armed forces of the mandatory Power has been completed but in any case not later than 1 October 1948. The boundaries of the Arab State, the Jewish State, and the City of Jerusalem shall be as described in Parts II and III below."

      So while I could have told you without checking my sources that your first statement (about how both sides are equally guilty) was nonsense, I know now that your entire post is nonsense.

      What was that you said about checking your sources?

      • stern

        One more thing: I only pasted the first two mentions of a "Jewish state". The resolution repeats the phrase numerous times.

    • Ted

      Where did you do your studies on middle east history, The Yasser Arafat school for jihadists and revisionists?

    • Joseph Klein

      I think you should go back and read Resolution 181. There are several explicit references to the "Jewish State" in the resolution including an entire section labeled "THE JEWISH STATE" in Part II (B).

      You are being sophomoric in saying that there is no specific mention of "Israel" as a "Jewish State" given that the name Israel didn't come until after independence. The point is that there were specific references to the creation of a Jewish State in the partition resolution, which Israel has represented for the last 63 years. I don't know whether you are simply misinformed or trying to deceive the readers. For now, I will give you the benefit of the doubt but your statement that the Israelis are "no more innocent that the Palestinians in this conflict" is laughable considering that the Palestinians could have also had their own state 63 years ago if they had agreed to the partition compromise that the Jewish State agreed to.

  • Flipside

    Israel doesn’t submit to the UN. It’s rather silly of them to expect Palestine to submit to them. Even sillier, considering Israel is a rogue nation, conspiring with America to thwart Palestine’s bid for nationhood at all cost.

    • stern

      So there I was, spending time formulating a reasoned response to our old friend Flopside when I realized … he's just not worth it.

      • Flipside

        I know. You wanted to do that whole thing with “Palestine” in quotation marks and the “Israel offered to give back most of the West Bank” thing, but you knew I’d make fun of that.

    • ziontruth

      "…considering Israel is a rogue nation,…"

      A badge to be worn with pride, considering the U.N. is a den of vipers.

  • Ghostwriter

    I wish that you would stop your anti-semitic nonsense,Flipside. It's not only getting old,it already passed it's expiration date ages ago.

    • Flipside

      You should stop associating this kind of garbage with the Jews. It gives them a bad reputation that they don’t deserve.

  • maturin20

    No President in the history of the office has felt "unconstrained by domestic pressures."

  • Ellman

    So, what are the borders of this 'member' state called 'Palestine' going to be? Obviously, the Palestinians will want to include the state of Israel within its borders. That's not likely to happen immediately, but 'statehood' will be the first step towards swallowing Israel like occupying the Rhineland was the first step of Hitler's march to war. Today, as was the case in the 1920's and 1930's, we have far more Neville Chamberlains than Winston Churchills. The UN is Chamberlain incarnate. History will repeat itself because people never learn from it. There's not enough money in studying history, especially when most people could care less about it.

    • Flipside

      Hitler did you a favor. If not for him, you’d have to compare everybody to Satan, then on top of looking like just like Muslims, they’d sound just like Muslims too.